Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, LA on Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles. Creative Commons Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Coast Guardsmen rescue stranded residents from high water during severe flooding around Baton Rouge, LA on Aug. 14, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles. Creative Commons Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Last week at the Southern California ASLA Awards, I had the chance to speak with ASLA national president, Chad Danos. Chad lives in Louisiana and reminded me that thousands of people are still recovering from the 500 year flood that impacted more than 1,000 square miles, flooded more the 60,000 homes, and impacted 7,364 Louisiana businesses. Chad’s daughter’s school campus was not open, as repairs were still being made from the August flooding. In south Louisiana, disruption to daily life from weather events is beginning to feel normalized.

A map of radar-estimated rainfall accumulations across Louisiana between August 9 and 16, 2016; areas shaded in white indicate accumulations in excess of 20 in (510 mm). Graphic: Public Domain

A map of radar-estimated rainfall accumulations across Louisiana between August 9 and 16, 2016; areas shaded in white indicate accumulations in excess of 20 in (510 mm). Graphic: Public Domain

According to CNN Weather, 6.9 trillion gallons (over 21 million acre-feet) of rain fell on the state of Louisiana between August 8th and 14th, 2016. Researchers at the University of California at Davis estimated that California’s 2015 water shortage was 2.5 million acre-feet, which would cost the state $2.7 billion. In six days Louisiana received nearly ten times the amount of water that the California’s Central Valley’s aquifers naturally refill at in a year.

HAARP antenna array. Public Domain photo: Michael Kleiman, US Air Force

HAARP antenna array. Public Domain photo: Michael Kleiman, US Air Force

There are many conspiracy theories focused around government controlled climate modification programs such as the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) causing earthquakes and major storms, with worries about significant disruption or harm to human life, natural and economic resources or other assets. Scary as it sounds, significant disruption is happening and it may be time to push for exploration of the use of environmental modifications techniques, through the deliberate manipulation of natural processes, to help us all.

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